Yazz Ahmed Quartet
Fri 14 05 2021 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Yazz Ahmed Quartet
At Crookes Social Club, 8-11pm
Yazz Ahmed: trumpet/flugelhorn
Ralph Wyld: vibraphone
Dave Manington: bass
Josh Blackmore: drums
A welcome return following her hugely popular 2018 gig at Crookes. Yazz Ahmed’s 2017 album ‘La Saboteuse’ was widely judged to be a jazz album of the year, blending Western and Middle Eastern influences. Her quartet will be performing music from her latest album ‘Polyhymnia’, a celebration of female courage, determination and creativity. “Rich, powerful, colourful, exciting and highly evocative. Ahmed’s most ambitious and most successful work to date…” – The Jazz Mann. ‘Polyhymnia’ was rated Jazz FM Album of the Year 2020 while Yazz received Jazz Act of the Year in the same awards. Expect undulating rhythms, melody resonant with the sounds and sensations of the Middle East and sonorous trumpet lines.
Yazz Ahmed is a British-Bahraini trumpet player and composer who seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design, bringing together the sounds of her mixed heritage. Her music has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’. During her year as an LSO Soundhub composer in 2016, Yazz was able to explore writing music for her newly developed quarter-tone flugelhorn. This is a unique instrument, enabling her to get closer to the spiritual nature of the ‘blues notes’ in Arabic music, deeply infusing her sound with that of her heritage.
Yazz has led her various ensembles in concerts worldwide, including performances at major festivals such as WOMAD, Molde Jazz, Pori Jazz and Love Supreme. High profile collaborations have seen her record and perform with the likes of Radiohead, Lee Scratch Perry, ABC, Swing Out Sister, Joan as Police Woman, Tarek Yamani, Amel Zen and a world tour with These New Puritans. Most recently she appeared as guest soloist and composer with Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.
After her first album ‘Finding My Way Home’, which received wide critical acclaim, Yazz Ahmed’s second album, ‘La Saboteuse’ was released on Naim Records in 2017. The album made a global impact, clocking up multiple rave reviews and making many ‘best of 2017’ lists around the world, including Jazz Album of the Year in The Wire magazine and achieving the number 18 spot in Bandcamp’s top 100 albums (all genres). Her long awaited third album, ‘Polyhymnia’ was released in October 2019 on Ropeadope Records. Yazz says: “Whilst gathering ideas for my composition, I came across the character of Polyhymnia, the ancient Greek Muse of music, poetry and dance: a Goddess for the arts. Perhaps inspired by her, I conceived the form of a suite of movements, each dedicated to women of outstanding qualities, role models, with whom I felt a strong connection.” In the Jazz FM Awards 2020 ‘Polyhymnia’ was awarded Album of The Year while Yazz herself received the Jazz Act of the Year award.
“Ahmed’s playing seemed flawless and her tone mellifluous.”… Patrick Hadfield, London Jazz News
“Ahmed has a true tone and spins long lines over complex, self-penned structures.”… Mike Hobart, Financial Times
“Even if you’re not familiar or terribly interested in jazz, Ahmed’s music deserves your attention, and she’ll most likely make you second guess your thoughts on jazz.” … Headphone Nation
Ralph Wyld is a vibraphonist, percussionist, and composer, making his name playing original, contemporary music with artists such as Yazz Ahmed and Stan Sulzmann. Winner of both the Kenny Wheeler Jazz Prize, and the Dankworth Prize for Jazz Composition in 2015, he has performed at venues across the world, including gigs in the London, Berlin, and New York jazz festivals. His band, Mosaic, has played live on BBC Radio 3, and released an album on Edition Records described as an “outstanding debut” by MOJO.
“his playing at times is even reminiscent of one of the maestros of the vibraphone Gary Burton” – All About Jazz
Bassist and composer Dave Manington is one of the mainstays of the London jazz scene, a founder member of the Loop Collective, he has played with many of the pre-eminent jazz musicians in the UK and Europe including Julian Arguelles, Marius Neset, Gwilym Simcock, Mark Lockheart, Tim Garland, Iain Ballamy, Gwyneth Herbert, Pete King and Alan Barnes amongst many others. His debut quartet album “Headrush” was released on Loop Records in 2008 to critical acclaim. ‘Dave Manington’s Riff Raff’ is his main ongoing project and features Brigitte Beraha, Ivo Neame, Tom Challenger, Rob Updegraff and Tim Giles. Their 2013 debut album “Hullabaloo” was followed by ‘Challenger Deep’ in 2018, both receiving great reviews. He is also a founder member of the much respected e17 jazz collective. The starting point for the music is collective improvisation but compositionally it draws on as wide a range of styles as possible. Folk, electronic music and contemporary classical influences are added to the mix with complex jazz harmonies and rhythms.
“Inventive, forward looking jazz that subtly pushes the envelope whilst remaining thoroughly accessible to the listener.”
– review of ‘Hullabaloo’, The Jazz Mann
A graduate of the Royal Academy of Music where he studied under Martine France, drummer and percussionist Joshua Blackmore is a founding member of Tom Cawley’s award-winning band Curios, past winners of Best Band at the BBC Radio 3 Jazz Awards in 2008. He also co-founded, with Kit Downes and Chris Montague, the acclaimed trio TROYKA who were described by the Guardian as “A fascinating conjunction of dance-derived beats, abstract electronica, ambient music, Schofield-like guitar funk, and John Zorn-ish free-jazz” In summer 2009 Joshua Joined forces with DJ Hip-Hop artist Floating Points to form the Floating Points Ensemble and recorded a BBC Radio 1 Gilles Peterson feature at Maida Vale studios. He’s also played with Corey Mwamba in Yana for several years. recorded and toured extensively around the globe with bands such as the Bill Laurence group, Strobes, Marius Neset, Squarepusher, Aquarium, Andrew McCormack’s ‘Graviton’ and many more.
Full – £17
Over 60s, disabled, unemployed – £15
Student with NUS card – £9
15 – 17 year olds – £4
Under 15s – Free
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